Scottish Winter Mountain Courses

Winter hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing in Scotland, and in particular on Ben Nevis, is world famous. We offer courses for everyone, whether you are just starting out or have years of experience under your belt.

Scotland is renown for its challenging conditions, which we are grateful for as they are essential to build up the ice and rime which makes winter climbing here so unique. Winter mountaineering, ice climbing and hillwalking activities are invariably affected by the weather and the current snow and ice conditions. To enjoy this challenging environment it is just as important to develop your skills and understand the hazards as it is to experience your dream route or develop your climbing technique.

All of our guides and instructors that work on our Scottish winter courses have excellent local knowledge accumulated over many years of personal winter walking and climbing. They are able to ensure that the most is made of every day in the mountains meaning anyone attending with us will gain useful insights on how to plan your day and get the best out of it, even during the most challenging weather.

SCOTTISH WINTER SKILLS, MOUNTAINEERING & CLIMBING COURSES

Customer Reviews

  • Simon A Avatar

    5 star rating One of the best weeks I've ever had in the mountains I booked to do the 4 day Cuillin course with mixed feelings. I had high hopes for the week but quite a few concerns as well. Most of the concerns were based around the fact that I do virtually all of my walking alone. This is a choice as it allows me to go where I want at the pace I want and I was concerned that... read more

    Simon A 19 May 2019
    jkcninja Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent 4 days on the Black Cuillin Having had plenty of hill walking, alpine summer, sport climbing and winter off-piste experience I wanted something that was publicly open, and that would bridge the gap between different terrains, exposures and techniques. With no experience of 'mountaineering' or exposed scrambling and without the budget to go the 'full Alpine', West Coast Mountain Guides offered exactly what I wanted on home shores. I liaised with Ken well in advance as... read more

    jkcninja 14 May 2019
    IlonaEdinburgh Avatar

    5 star rating The Aonach Eagach; conquered My friend Nicola and I had a fantastic time with Josh of Westcoast Mountain Guides. He had to factor in that both of us had very varying degrees of experience and fitness. He got Nic to her 5th and 6th Munros and to my 182 and 183. He was very calm and measured and it was clear he was assessing our abilities but didn’t make either of feel inadequate or... read more

    IlonaEdinburgh 14 May 2019
  • taighantuath Avatar

    5 star rating Great day on Blaven-Clach Glas traverse I booked with WCMG to do this as a warm up for a possible attempt at the Cuillin ridge in June. Organisation and communication was excellent and the day itself with guide Dave (Fowler) was a great experience despite the less than perfect weather (cold with the odd snow shower). Dave was great company, knowledgeable and professional. Most importantly I felt totally safe on something I... read more

    taighantuath 10 May 2019
    Leggie67 Avatar

    5 star rating Ben Nevis We first thought of an Idea to climb the Ben as it’s referred too back last year, living in Cornwall we don’t have many big hills, so my wife said she would only trust me if we hired a guide. So I did and the contact has been great, including the call the day before to firm up our hopes and worries if any and a meeting place, with Andy.... read more

    Leggie67 03 May 2019
    lornak779 Avatar

    5 star rating Another year, another trip, another great experience with WCMG! What else can I say about WCMG! I’ve been climbing with them for the last 3 years and every year is a fantastic experience! We’ve been building up but this year we went for Tower Ridge, definitely a step up from previous years. Ken as usual was calm, measured, professional and gives much needed confidence. Always a great experience climbing with these guys. Can’t wait until next year already! Stevie... read more

    lornak779 27 Mar 2019
  • Jon E Avatar

    5 star rating Awesome climbing in Lochaber with Westcoast Mountain Guides. Back from two great days of private guiding with Caspar with Westcoast Mountain Guides. The weather and conditions weren't great but then it wouldn't be Scottish Winter if they were. Can't expect blue sky and sunshine every trip as that would reduce the challenge of the experience. First day we were at the Nevis Range Gondola for 8am uplift to the top station and then the walk through... read more

    Jon E 26 Mar 2019
    blairf8888 Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent technical and local knowledge to get the most out of your trip. Recently back from two fantastic winter days in the hills with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides. First day, we tackled Stob Ban via its north ridge, before continuing to stay up high and reaching the summit of Sgurr Mhaim via the Devil's Ridge. On the second day, with strong winds, Ken suggested that we head east and head up the East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn, which turned out to... read more

    blairf8888 26 Mar 2019
    samuelbail Avatar

    5 star rating Awesome day out! Great people. An awesome day out. Malcolm was really great and I appreciate both Ken and Malcolm taking the time to chat through the day in advance. Thank you!

    samuelbail 24 Mar 2019
  • FraserR146 Avatar

    5 star rating September traverse of the Cuillin Ridge Overall, extremely impressive trip, superbly organised by Ken.
    We undertook the traverse with Jamie with only 1 out of 4 days offering good weather conditions. Despite taking on the traverse in less than ideal conditions, Jamie made us feel confident about doing it, and was always on hand to reassure when taking on the tricky sections. He was first class - communication, mountaineering knowledge / skills, and also had some good...
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    FraserR146 20 Mar 2019
    ChrisScottBatey Avatar

    5 star rating Winter Ascent of Ben Nevis Easy to book with and very helpful organising our trip. Ben was easy to get hold of and gave us good advice in preparation for the trip.
    We went up the tourist route in snowy conditions and a blizzard so a guide was essential.
    We had an excellent guide called Hannah who was very safe, knowledgeable and fun. All in all a great day out...

    ChrisScottBatey 19 Mar 2019
    Dan C Avatar

    5 star rating Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis I had a wonderful experience climbing Tower Ridge with the expert guiding service provided by West Coast Mountain Guides. Ken is a skilled, competent and safe guide. He expertly navigated the route in challenging conditions. The booking process was seamless and Ken was very responsive to my many questions. West Coast Mountain Guides will be my guide service of choice for my next adventure into... read more

    Dan C 08 Mar 2019